Blog of Eva Wissenz

Formation à la capitale et installation au village au Burkina avec l’association Tora Coeur de Caux

Posted lundi 1er novembre 2021 by Eva Wissenz, Martin Pouabidjie.

Mission accomplie ! C’est en janvier 2021 que l’association normande Tora Coeur de Caux nous a contacté par l’intermédiaire de notre ami Loïc Perochon pour démarrer un projet à Sika, province de Nasséré, dans le nord du Burkina Faso. Après quelques échanges dynamiques avec Denise Fouquer, membre fondatrice de l’asso, et l’accord du maire de Nasséré, une campagne de levée de fonds a démarré pour permettre de compléter le financement du projet. Elle a été un franc succès et tous les contributeurs sont chaleureusement remerciés.

Du jeudi 14 octobre 2021 au samedi 23 octobre 2021, en tant que représentant de Solar Fire/GoSol au Burkina Faso j’ai organisé la formation de l’association Tora Cœur de Caux en boulangerie et en pâtisserie. Nous avons commencé par la formation technique de 4 personnes avec aussi Mr Eric René Sawadogo qui représente l’association Tora ici. Les premiers jours ont porté sur le montage de la Lytefire, la focalisation des miroirs, et la maintenance de la machine. Nous les avons appris pendant 5 jours à maîtriser plus que le nécessaire sur la Lytefire afin qu’elle puisse être installée une fois chez eux. Par ailleurs, les personnes formées pourraient même former d’autres bénéficiaires si elles le souhaitent.

A partir du 20 octobre 2021, nous avons débuté la formation en pâtisserie avec notre chef pâtissier. Après avoir mis l’accent sur les règles d’hygiène à suivre, il a pu faire en moyenne 3 recettes par jour pendant 4 jours. Les différentes recettes étaient entre autres : le pain simple salé, le pain au lait, les brioches, le pain de mine, les gâteaux cake, le pain sucré, le pain ghanéen, le pain au sésame, le pain hamburger…

Par ailleurs, le chef pâtissier les faisait reprendre les recettes eux-mêmes jusqu’à ce qu’ils les maîtrisent.

Ils étaient tous enthousiastes d’être les premiers à débuter pour la première fois de telles recettes dans leur village, me confient-ils.

Photos Martin Pouadibidjie et Tora.


Solar Fire is now spreading through a podcast

Posted vendredi 15 octobre 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

We are so happy to start a series of podcast. We are on journey to share more and more about our vision and our energy, everything that is behind the scene of Solar Fire. From solving energy poverty to personal empowerment, from gender equality in the team to specific feminin challenges in the renewable energy field, from a backyard in Canada to several countries in Africa.

The first three episodes are :

1. Solving energy poverty
Our Chief Operations Officer, Lorin Symington, shares how his family came up with the idea of this solar concentrator, how he gets to know the cultures in the different countries he visits and what motivates him. It was recorded between Burkina-Faso and Finland at the end of 2020.

2. Solar Fire Women : A conversation
Finally, Solar Fire reached gender equality ! For many years, Solar Fire was a team of six persons with only one woman. Nothing in her previous life prepared her to be one of the co-founders of a tech project meant to solve energy poverty. In this second episode, the 7 women working now for Solar Fire or who are promoting the Lytefire tech are sharing their experience, challenges and hopes from Finland, Switzerland, Kenya and France.

3. Can we accelerate the transformation of society by accelerating our own change ?
Our CEO, Urs Riggenbach, shares about the change dynamics and whether we are ready or not for climate change, developing an interesting and deep perspective based on his decade of work serving Solar Fire with the purpose of developing an energy tool that is truly empowering people. As he says, “the growth of an organization literally is the growth of the individuals within the organization.”

Listen here. We hope you’ll like it !


We are featured by "Education Finland" !

Posted lundi 4 octobre 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

Solar Fire Concentration Oy is very happy and honored to see the Lytefire oven featured among the Finnish companies presented by the Finnish Minister of Education and Minister of Trade on the new platform "Education Finland".

This platform was created to promote the Finnish expertise in school meals to foreigner partners willing to implement the approach.

https://www.educationfinland.fi/school-meals/companies

Check here a recent project with a school in Mwanza, Tanzania.

#Finland #suomi #solarthermal #canteen #education #baking

Website : Education Finland


The French solar connexion : entrepreneurship and education

Posted dimanche 30 mai 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

We guess you’re now familiar with our Chief Innovation and Tech Officer, Arnaud Cretot, who’s based in France and who pushed the #lytefire to become a great tool for his solar bakery - the 1st in Europe !

Depending on the season, with the Lytefire 5, Arnaud gets from 50kg to 110kg of bread per day and from 110kg to 250kg with the Lytefire 11. Even in winter and with negative température outside and unperfect weather, he can bake his yummi recipes ! Look at his winter breads !

Thanks to his work with NeoLoco, his dedication and the demo days he’s organizing in Normandy, more and more people are getting familiar with the new super sustainable jobs of solar baker and solar roaster (roasting seeds to produce snacks and even a lentils based coffee...).

Inspired by his energy (and financial results), 2 other French solarpreneurs decided to start their solar journey in South and East France.

In the sunny Barcarès, Mr Luc Fournaux started this year to sale his delicious solar snacks on the local market places.

With Le Comptoir d’Hélios, he’s a pionner in his region for sure !

In East France, Lydiane Tyrel started her roasting activity as well, with Du Soleil et des graines.

She’s elaborating delicious recipes and we’ll share more about her very soon !

Another initiative is led by the association Vagabonds de l’énergie, co-founded by Arnaud loooong time ago. Nowadays, Clément Bresciani and his friends are using a Lytefire 5 for education to climate change in schools.

This year only, they got 24 classes, from 1st grade to 6th grade, meaning about 600 kids exposed to this new tech in 4 school nearby Louviers, France.

Clément is organizing a 3hrs workshop for kids during which they learn about energy, direct solar concentration and tehn go outside to experiment with the Lytefire. The workshop is structure for small teams of 2-3 kids with 5 missions.

Obviously, they all cooperate and are so happy to taste their solar cookies !

Contact the Energy Vagabonds for more info here.

To discover the Lytefire solar oven, here is a cool video for you :


Starting in Ethiopia

Posted Friday 21 May 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

STEM Synergy, is a US-Ethiopian NGO, focused on empowering people (especially youths and women) through practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, sustainable local solutions and entrepreneurship in Ethiopia.

Lorin is currently in Addis Ababa, starting with the STEM technology transfer team in their great office/workshop space in the big city. Here below is Abiyot, STEM project manager, and the workshop team who are getting down to business right away!

Our first mission together in Ethiopia is to complete one Lytefire 5. Despite some rainy weather, we had great luck and the sun was there for the demo day!! The traditional stick burning went just fine so all is good and we’re very much looking forward to the next steps.

More is coming soon!


Ekopratik - a solar oven in La Réunion island

Posted lundi 5 avril 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

A small team is currently involved in building a DIY solar stove Lytefire 4.

Ekopratik is the non-profit association partnering with La Reunion University and CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique).

This fab lab is working on creating low-tech devices and they are adapting our tech with what’s available locally.

Watch this on Loca terre (local TV, in French) :

Want to build yourself ? Visit lytefire.com !


The Saturday Solar Baking’s in Kenya

Posted mercredi 10 février 2021 by Eva Wissenz.

If you remember, we started in Kenya in 2016 with World Vision, and continued the prototyping the year after with the support of Autodesk Foundaiton and Wärtsilä. Kenya, and especially Kisumu, is dear to us because the first communities where empowered there and David Chepkwone was the very first solar baker using Lytefire 5 solar oven.

Five years later, the good work continues as you can see !

Mr Jared Omondi works with Lorin as a Technician since 2016. His workshop has been recently upgraded. And since a few months, Miss Joan Arwa Ogwang joined our team. She was a member of Capital Airtime Ltd
Safaricom authorized dealer and Western regional manager and she is now also Solar Fire’s country representative in Kenya.

Together, they are introducing the Lytefire 5 solar oven to the population in Kisumu. And every Saturday afternoon, sun permitting, they are putting all their heart to create friendly demo of solar baking for communities and potential clients.

The proof by example.
Nothing can be more powerful.
And yummy, as you can see.


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